It's all fun and games ... unless you're playing against him. Nobody wants to piss off a murderous dictator just to score a few goals, so Burundi's soccer players know to go easy on him.
But in 2018, Haleluya FC finally met their match. They went up against a team comprised of the one kind of player Pierre couldn't beat: people who didn't know who he was. HFC played a team from the town of Kiremba which consisted mostly of Congolese refugees, who didn't know they were squaring off against the guy who decided on their visa status.
Completely oblivious, the Congolese simply did their best, which was a bit too much for President Nkurunziza, who'd gotten used to playing soccer on Very Easy mode. Haleluya FC got bulldozed, and its 54-year-old striker / president for life hit the dirt several times. Of course, only an evil despot would deport a bunch of refugees because they beat him at sports. Nkurunziza must've realized that, so instead he arrested Kiremba administrator Cyriaque Nkezabahizi and his assistant Michel Mutama. He put them up on charges of "conspiracy against the president," figuring that they must've hired outside agents to mildly bruise his shinbones. The two are currently in prison awaiting trial. It's also interesting to note that no news outlet reported what the final score of the Hallelujah FC vs. Kiremba match was. And we fear that any who know will be taking that knowledge to an early grave.